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Barbary Corsairs
General information


Notable members



Black Sea


Barbary coast
North Africa
Black Sea

Other information

Ottoman Empire

Behind the scenes
First appearance

At World's End (video game)

Latest appearance

At World's End

The Barbary Corsairs, also known as Barbary Pirates or Ottoman Corsairs, were a group of pirates and privateers that operated from the Barbary coast in North Africa.



The Barbary Corsairs lead by Ammand.

Among their most prominent and notorious leaders was Pirate Lord Ammand, who commanded a fleet of galleys.[1] The Barbary Corsairs were known to attack trade ships of the "Christian infidels", and preyed on all trade from the Gulf of Morocco to Turkey, due to Ammand serving as a privateer for the Ottoman Empire.[2] They frequently crossed blades with the Spanish Treasure Fleet of Eduardo Villanueva as they operated in the same waters.

Known ships

Behind the scenes

  • The name "Barbary Corsairs" was used in the "Inside the Brethren Court" special feature for At World's End.[3]
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean Online, a player can buy an outfit called the Barbary Corsair.
  • The name Barbossa might have been derived from "Barbarossa" (Italian for "Redbeard"), the nickname of the legendary Turkish Barbary pirate Aruj, and his brother Hayreddin Barbarossa; the Barbarossa brothers were infamous across the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean in the 16th century.
  • Many of the stereotypical features associated with pirates in popular culture are partly derived from the Barbary pirates. The eye patch, for example, dates back to the Arab pirate Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah, who wore it after losing an eye in battle in the 18th century.[4] The prosphetic limb, used by pirate characters like Peter Pan's Captain Hook, for example, is derived from the legendary Turkish pirate Barbarossa (Redbeard), who in the early 16th century lost his left arm, earning him the nickname Silver Arm, in reference to the silver prosthetic device which he used in place of his missing limb.



External links

Notes and references

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide, p90-91: "Pirate Lords"
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: Pirate Lords Map
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End "Inside the Brethren Court" featurette
  4. Charles Belgrave (1966), The Pirate Coast, p. 122, George Bell & Sons

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